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Outfitter Review - Triple Three Outfitters

Submit Date: Nov 15, 2006

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Triple Three Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Craig Smith

Location: Wyoming, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Mule Deer/Antelope

Game Quality: Good to Excellent

Game Quantity: Good to Excellent

Accomodations: Excellent

Camp Condition: Excellent: Bunkhouse

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Top Notch

Other Personal Experience: Excellent

Review Information

Hunter: Dan Hagy

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Would Recommend: Yes

Overall Impression: Excellent

Accommodations: Craig has 2-bunkhouse/cabins w/2-bedrooms and a bath in each as well as an outbuilding that serves as a kitchen, lounge and eating area where hunters and gides can relax during non-hunting hours. It is very comfortable with all the comforts of home and then some. The food is plentiful and tasty. Craig provides a variety of drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic. There is a barn on the premise utilized for hanging game. In town are 2-meat processors available. There are many options available for processing meat from exchanging your game for pre-processed wild game to quick cut/wrap. The local taxidermist makes regular visits to Craig's in case you desire a mount. Looked to me like he does a quality job at a fair price. Our hunts took place out of a truck. Primarily spot and stock. We did some walking. However, you can see more country from the truck. The east side of I-90 is open the first 2-weeks of the season. This is more open and desert type country with canyons, coulees and sage brush. The deer tend to be less dense, but I was told the quality of racks is better then the foothills of the Bighorns. The big bucks are tougher to root out of their hidey-holes. They are there however. We spent many hours glassing. I would recommend a good set of binoculars. The antelope were plentiful and were at the tail end of the rut. Consequently, the bucks were pre-occupied with where the does were and less concerned with us making stalking less tenuous. Craig leases hunting from several ranches within a short drive from the acommodations. The guides tend to be older then other guided hunts I've booked. I was impressed with their dedication to a successful hunt for all the clients. They are excellent at judging animal quality and only give recommendations on quality. Whether you shoot or not is up to you. It was obvious all the guides enjoy their work and want to put you on the best animals possible. I ended up shooting a 4x4 with good mass and tall tines. The front tines were not deeply forked, but more of a crab claw. My dad hunted with me and shot a 4x3 with about the same mass and dimensions (24" spread). We both shot decent antelope. Around 14" with good cutters and mass. Both were mature bucks. We relyed on the guides as far as judging the antelope quality. My understanding is the drought affected the horn growth this year. In particular due to the lack of spring rains there was very little early growth of grasses during horn growth and the lack of nutrients may have hindered horn development. If I had known this to be the case, I still would have gone on the hunt. My animals were easy stalks with shots of less then 100 yds. We looked at several antelope and I took the best one we saw. My dad had to work a little harder. The antelope stalk was about a 2000 yd hunch walk/belly crawl and wait for the goat to appear. I believe the range was 160 yds. It was a very exciting stalk as we had to wind our way through several does on each side and much of the time we were exposed visually. His deer was shot at dusk after about a 1-hour hunt. The price of the unt and the time for hunting seemed very reasonable compared to other outfitters I looked at. It seems the quality of game is in the upper range of what can be found in Wyoming. Craig is an entertaining guy and concerned with the satisfaction of the hunters. He assisted with the paperwork for tags early on and kept in contact. This area currently is not a draw for either deer or antelope. If you desire a relaxing but exciting hunt, this is the place for you. Send an email if you deisre to see photos of the hunt.

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